Engineering Our Sustainable & Equitable Future

Vermont is Waiting For You

Spend a semester studying lecture-free, project-based sustainable engineering at the Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability in Montpelier, Vermont.

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Have you considered studying away during college? Are you interested in sustainable engineering, technology, and building a more equitable future? Do you learn best through hands on projects that let you apply what you are learning to real world problems?  Are you motivated by learning that prepares you to make the world a better place?

Spend a semester studying sustainable engineering at the Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability (GCES) in Montpelier, Vermont. At GCES, students acquire valuable engineering skills through real-world, hands-on projects. These projects are carefully chosen to support learning while giving student engineers the opportunity to apply their learning to the work of designing and building a sustainable future. This unique Elizabethtown College program is supported by Greenway, and operates as an “innovation campus” for the engineering program at Elizabethtown College.

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Experience the power of team-based learning and strong mentoring as you tackle engineering challenges
Learn engineering by doing engineering in our hands-on, project-based program
Learn in a mission-driven setting, focused on equity and sustainability

Frequently Asked Questions

What is GCES?

The Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability is an innovation campus of Elizabethtown College’s engineering program. It is supported by Greenway in VT. This unique program re-imagines engineering education by centering equity and sustainability, using an integrated package of best educational practices in a way that existing institutions, constrained by their incumbent structures, have been unable to do. GCES provides a supportive community and relevant, participative, hands-on, mastery-assessed instruction that gives every student the opportunity to develop the confidence, competence and connections they need to thrive in engineering.

What makes Vermont a great place to study away?

Vermont is a small, beautiful state with a rapidly emerging green energy sector. As a student here, you get to appreciate our beautiful landscape, from our rolling mountains to our abundant lakes and rivers. Our historic close connections to agriculture and tourism make us uniquely sensitive to issues of sustainability and resilience, as well as the impact of engineering and human activity on the health of our communities and the environment. Our campus is nestled in our tiny state capitol, giving you access to unique opportunities to observe up close how policy is designed, and how policy shapes sustainability and equity of opportunity. Many of our state’s businesses were early leaders in adopting business models with a demonstrated commitment to social and environmental performance and benefit, which gives our students a unique opportunity to explore business government models that align with their commitments to equity and sustainability for their communities. Come learn, play, live and imagine a sustainable future with us!

How are GCES and Elizabethtown College connected?

Elizabethtown is seeking approval to open GCES, a satellite campus in Vermont, with the support of the Greenway Institute. Courses at GCES are aligned with Elizabethtown offerings such that engineering students who complete coursework at GCES receive credits for those courses from Elizabethtown. Greenway will work with students to determine the best courses to seamlessly transition to a semester away at GCES, then back, while pursuing their major.

What courses are available at GCES?

Course schedules at GCES have some flexibility to meet different students’ needs. In general, available courses align with Elizabethtown College’s sophomore engineering program requirements (e.g. Statics, Circuits, Physics II, Calculus II, Science & Values, Computer Science) All courses are organized around robust hands-on projects that enable students to apply the concepts they are learning to real world and community applications.

What if I have more questions?

We aim to make a semester at GCES accessible to all qualified students and are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to reach out to or (802) 359-7404.

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Elizabethtown is seeking approval to open GCES, a satellite campus in Vermont, with the support of the Greenway Institute. Once approved, the GCES semester away will be an extension of Elizabethtown College’s Engineering program. The Engineering major at Elizabethtown College is a rigorous, ABET-accredited program designed to lead students to a technical career in the workforce or to a graduate school to study engineering. We strongly believe in producing well-rounded generalist engineers who understand the mechanical and electrical systems of a design and how those systems interact with the environment and with industry. We challenge our students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, pushing them to become innovators of the future. Our students receive personal attention from our faculty members and gain hands-on experience in design and fabrication.

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